As we say farewell to Katy, we welcome a new D-SIP program director. Sarah Salomon is the director of recruitment and human resources in the Office of University Development (OUD). This summer will be her first overseeing the D-SIP. We chatted with Sarah to learn a bit more about her.
Describe your role and history at U-M. What was your journey to becoming D-SIP’s program director?
In addition to serving as the program director for D-SIP, I’m also director of recruitment & human resources in OUD. I started on the Talent Management team seven years ago after transitioning into higher education from corporate retail at Borders Bookstores. Over the past seven years, I’ve had an opportunity to touch a lot of different aspects of talent management, including recruitment, employee relations, careers marketing, developing a mentoring program for development staff, building an employee recognition program for the development community (Victors Valiant Awards), spearheading talent analytics efforts, among others. Since I started in OUD, I’ve always had a role in helping to support D-SIP, and when the opportunity came up to get even more involved and serve as program director, I jumped at it!
What has been your past involvement with D-SIP? Why did you want to work with the program?
I’ve been involved in D-SIP in some form or another for the past seven years. Every year, I help to read and review applications as well as conduct first-round interviews. I’ve also been a part of the program’s “Mock Interview” day. One of my favorite aspects of my past involvement is the ability to get to know many of the interns/alumni that are interested in exploring career opportunities with the U-M Development Community so that I can keep them in mind for positions when they become available. D-SIP attracts some of the best student talent on campus, and the summer experience is a great training ground for developing a future career in philanthropy.
What is your role with D-SIP? How will you interact with the interns?
As program director, it’s up to me to make sure the program runs smoothly and that we curate an outstanding learning experience for the interns. I’ll be carving out time each week in the Friday class to check in and share helpful information. I can also be a resource to the interns as they navigate the program and their relationships with their peers, colleagues, and supervisors.
What aspects of your new role with D-SIP are you most excited about?
Meeting all of the interns and alumni, of course! They’re who really make this program what it is. It’s incredibly rewarding to see everything the interns accomplish in just one summer, and having an opportunity to build even stronger relationships with them and support them in a more direct way this year is what I’m looking forward to the most!
If you were a D-SIP intern, what site would you want to work at, and why?
I really couldn’t narrow it down to just one. There are so many great places and missions out there to support. I have a strong personal passion for children’s medicine so the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital definitely stands out. I also love the arts and being surrounded by creativity so UMMA, the University Musical Society, the Stamps School of Art and Design, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance also come to mind.
What did you study in college?
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development with a Marketing minor. I had a great time in college and learned so much! At the end of the day, though, my career took me in a different direction. No regrets!
What’s your favorite color?
That’s easy—whatever the color is for the team my son is playing on! I’m a mom and a die-hard parent fan as well as the wife of a coach. Baseball is the sport my kids love the most. Lately, my son has been playing for Dexter baseball teams, so I have a full wardrobe of maroon, gold, and black!
What Harry Potter house are you and why?
Gryffindor. It’s really the only option, right!?
What’s your favorite Ann Arbor spot?
Isalita! I love Latin food, and they’re the best!
As a talent management professional, what advice do you have for D-SIP alums who are looking for jobs for the first time, or are looking to make a career transition?
One of the things that impresses me most when I meet with a candidate is that they’ve done their homework. If they’re truly interested in this field, they’ve taken the time to reach out and build relationships. Networking to learn—not to secure their next job—is what stands out to me. Get curious. Build some relationships. Learn what the rewards and the challenges may be for the roles you’re interested in.
Please join us in welcoming Sarah to the D-SIP family and connect with her on Linkedin.